Political games be­ing played out

The Press and Journal (Aberdeenshire) - - OPINION -

SIR, –We’ve heard a lot re­cently about Ni­cola Stur­geon and Theresa May, the two ladies who hold the most im­por­tant political po­si­tions for Scot­tish residents. One has a clearly stated aim, has never made a se­cret of it, and seeks to per­suade oth­ers to agree with her. She leads a party whose last man­i­festo stated that should the UK vote to leave the EU she would press for a se­cond ref­er­en­dum on in­de­pen­dence. On that man­i­festo her party re­ceived twice the vote of the near­est chal­lenger but heads a mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ment due en­tirely to the en­light­ened vot­ing sys­tem in this most demo­cratic of coun­tries.

The other sup­ported one side of an ar­gu­ment, lost, and now leads the team who won that ar­gu­ment. Her gov­ern­ment has an over­all ma­jor­ity de­spite re­ceiv­ing only 6% more votes than the near­est chal­lenger and less than 37% of the to­tal, al­beit in a sys­tem de­signed to pro­tect the Es­tab­lish­ment. Her ap­proach is ex­pe­di­ency – a firmly held con­vic­tion is al­ways open to “ad­just­ment” as the re­cent Bud­get de­ba­cle shows. She urges her Scot­tish coun­ter­part to aban­don thoughts of a di­vi­sive in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum and pull to­gether with the West­min­ster par­lia­ment in ne­go­ti­a­tions with the EU while at the same time re­fus­ing her a seat at the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble.

I leave it to your read­ers to de­cide which of them is play­ing political games.

Gra­ham K David­son, The Lade, Birse, Aboyne

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